Utrecht shock Feyenoord
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Feyenoord were warm favourites to lift the trophy but they were blitzed by a Utrecht side which had the perfect game-plan as they aimed to eradicate the memory of a controversial final defeat to Ajax 12 months ago.
After weathering early pressure from Feyenoord, Utrecht grabbed the lead just before the break courtesy of a superb volley from Jean-Paul de Jong.
Early in the second half, Igor Gluscevic bagged a double to extend Utrecht's advantage although the striker's second goal was clearly offside.
Referee Ruud Bossen continued to infuriate Feyenoord as he chalked off a Pierre van Hooijdonk effort and then declined to award a penalty on 77 minutes for a foul on Bombarda.
Feyenoord were fuming at the decision and Paul Bosvelt was sent off for pushing Bossen as tempers became frayed.
Bonaventure Kalou's long-range shot gave Feyenoord a lifeline but Dirk Kuyt, who will move to De Kuip in the summer, hardly endeared himself to his new supporters by bagging a fourth for Utrecht.
Kuyt is one of a number of big names who will be leaving Utrecht in the summer and praised the club after the triumph.
He said: "This is a fantastic way to say farewell to a unique club. I can't describe what a feeling this is."
Stijn Vreven is also leaving - for German outfit Kaiserslautern - and the defender could not believe Utrecht won so convincingly.
Vreven said: "It's unbelievable to win against a top team like Feyenoord 4-1. We knew before the match took place we would have a chance. Utrecht started carefully and scored at the right moments."